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Cong moves no-confidence motion against Modi govt

PTI  Gandhinagar, February 20, 2014
First Published: 19:29 IST(20/2/2014) | Last Updated: 19:31 IST(20/2/2014)

Gujarat Congress on Thursday moved a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in the state assembly, after accusing it of being mired in corruption.

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However, the motion is likely to have no effect on the state government as ruling BJP has absolute majority in the 182-member House.

"We have moved a no-confidence motion against the present government and it has been accepted by the Speaker during the session, which will be discussed tomorrow (Friday)," spokesperson and Congress MLA from Viramgam constituency Tejashri Patel said.

"The present BJP government has indulged in several corruption practices. The involvement of ministers like Babu Bokhiriya, Anandi Patel and Parshottam Solanki, in corruption (cases) has been confirmed in various courts. They have no reason to continue like this," she said.

Earlier, during Governor Kamla's address to the assembly, Congress demanded CBI probe into the Talathi recruitment scam, disrupting her speech.

According to Patel, recently a BJP party worker's name surfaced in duping aspirant youth to the tune of more than Rs. 1.4 crore in the scam. "He has connections with BJP, though ruling party has kept mum. We have demanded a fair investigation in this case by CBI."

"We have also demanded to put forward the report of alleged corruption in state government's 'Sujalam Sufalam Yojna', the CAG report and the report regarding issues of human rights violation across the state. People are not safe in Gujarat. Incidents of loot, murders and burglaries are increased during Modi's regime. We need to debate on those issues," the Congress MLA said.

In 2003, the state government had announced Rs. 6237.33 crore Sujalam Sufalam Yojana (SSY). It was supposed to be completed by 2005 but it is still unfinished. Public accounts Committee of Gujarat assembly unanimously prepared a report indicating a scam of over Rs. 500 crore, but it has not been tabled till date, Patel alleged.

The Opposition has been asking to hold a discussion over the scams. Congress members today again demanded a discussion over the alleged cases of corruption and moved the 'no confidence motion'.

BJP's strength in the Gujarat assembly is 119 MLAs as against 55 of the Congress.


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